Southwestern Virginia Chapter
   American Culinary Federation                                   ACF
Mission, Purpose and Initiatives of the Organization


Contact us at:

Southwestern Virginia Chapter of the American Culinary Federation
P.O. Box 11671
Roanoke, VA 24022

President, Ted Polfelt, CEC, CCA

Vice President Darla Mehrkens,CEC

Amanda Martin

James Zeisler, Sr. CEC, CCA

Sergeant of Arms
Doug Ulrich


The Southwestern Virginia Chapter of the ACF, Inc. is a culinary organization of professional chefs, cooks, enthusiasts, students and others engaged in the planning, preparation, service and supervision of foods and beverages in commercial kitchens, hospitality, institutional and educational establishments.  The local Roanoke Chapter known as the Southwestern Virginia Chapter was issued incorporation status by the State Corporation Commission of the Commonwealth of Virginia on May 20, 2008.  

The purpose of the chapter is to organize and encourage the efforts of area culinarians in support of community, charitable and volunteer endeavors; to encourage further education of cookery in its members and establishment
to promote the profession of cookery in its representative communities and schools and to function as a public charity under Section 501 (c) (3) under the Internal Revenue Code.  

The  local chapter's initiatives include volunteer work with other charitable organizations to help fulfill their goals and activities; community service projects that support the development of healthy eating habits with families and children such as Chef and Child; the development of creative dining venues to share skills and talents of the membership as well as offering a chef series which opens a venue for community cooking and learning experiences.

Of great importance is the dedication the chapter has to offering culinary certification opportunities on a regular basis to its membership.   "With thousands of chefs competing in the job market, it is essential to prove your culinary competency. Certification through the American Culinary Federation demonstrates skill, knowledge and professionalism to the food service industry." (ACF Web Site,2012) This establishes our high regard for quality educational programming at each meeting held on the first Monday of each month except for December and July.  Check the Chapter Page on the ACF National Site for  meeting location, theme, educational topic and time of each meeting.

Student achievement and the developing of a passion for the "world of food and what it has to offer" is a goal of the mentoring given to student members by professional members and for those that take the challenge of competition and certification through the  practical exam opportunities provided through the chapter's goals and mission directives.

            Volunteer                    Community              Education

                          Chef and Child Weekly Activities
Creative ideas and challenges continue to drive the membership of the Southwestern Virginia Chapter as we continue to weave a pattern of community support and respect within the Roanoke Valley for supporting, developing and encouraging initiatives in food presentations and dining opportunities.The beginning of 2014 will bring new opportunities for the chapter to continue the development of innovative professional venues and promote the ACF mission. 
Activities such as the Chocolate Sunday Festival and Adventure Dinners have been anchor activities for the chapter in the fall of 2012 and 2013 and will continue in 2014.  These activities help to support the main mission of the chapter " to educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition through community-based initiatives led by the ACF chef members and to be the voice of the culinary industry in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity.
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